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Passing time on vacation with the Ice Game

By Robert Niles
Published: September 2, 2010 at 2:41 PM
Does anyone else play this game?

My kids love this one: on airplanes, restaurants and other places that serve ice with a hole in the middle.

Each player fishes one piece of ice from their drink (use spoons, please!), then threads it across the top of the glass, using a straw. Like this:

Playing the Ice Game
Brian shows his competitive look while playing the Ice Game at Mythos in Universal's Islands of Adventure

The winner is the one whose ice drops last.

Yes, this is incredibly silly. But it kills time when waiting around like no other no-cost solution I've found.

Readers' Opinions

From Roxanne Price on September 2, 2010 at 5:21 PM
Love it! Is it considered cheating to blow on other people's ice to make it melt faster?
From Joshua Counsil on September 2, 2010 at 5:38 PM
Not a bad idea. Sometimes you're just too exhausted to make conversation.
From Mike Gallagher on September 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM
I used to do that as a wee lad..but I didn't know it was a game. And I'm certainly no longer a "wee" lad. But considering my unabashed love for roller coasters and amusement parks, I might be a "wheeee!" lad.
From Robert Niles on September 2, 2010 at 8:34 PM
Touching, blowing on or otherwise disturbing someone else's ice is an immediate DQ.

But provoking someone to disturb his *own* ice? Totally within the rules.

From Stephen Landsman on September 2, 2010 at 9:52 PM
Watching ice melt!! Oh my! What's next? Watching paint dry?
From Brian Emery on September 3, 2010 at 7:49 AM
I hope he kicked your Butt , Bobby...
hahahah

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